Highlights of upcoming alumni events. Access the full event calendar and register online, email rsvp@law.berkeley.edu or call 510.643.6673

May 20
Dean Edley discusses the Obama Administration in New York
All UC Berkeley alumni in the New York area are invited to attend an insiders' conversation about the first 100 days of the Obama Administration. Boalt Hall Dean Christopher Edley, Jr. and UC Berkeley professor David Romer are featured speakers, and a networking reception will be held beforehand. Check out all the details and RSVP here.

May 27
University of California Alumni Happy Hour in New York
You're invited to join all UC alumni in New York at Taj Lounge for $4 beers and $6 cocktails. This gathering will commemorate the signing, on May 23, 1919, of Assembly Bill 626, which created the UC System - starting with Cal! Learn more about this event here.

June 5-7
Reunion of international alumni in Sardinia, Italy
The annual reunion for Boalt's international alumni will be held this June in Sardinia, Italy! Details are available here.
June 9
Class of 2004 Pre-Reunion Happy Hours
Reconnect this summer with your friends from the class of 2004. Special thanks to Benson Cohen '04 and Alisa Nave '04 for organizing. Gatherings will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm on June 9 in New York; June 10 in Washington DC, August 19 in Los Angeles; and August 20 in San Francisco. More details coming soon!

July 31
Alumni Reception at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago
Save the date! More details coming soon.  

September 10
Alumni Reception at the California State Bar Annual Meeting in San Diego
Save the date! More details coming soon.

October 8-11
All-Alumni Reunion - Discount hotel rooms still available for 2009 alumni weekend!
A limited number of discounted rooms are available at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco during the All-Alumni Reunion, October 8-11. Reserve a discounted Palace Hotel room online here or by calling 1.888.627.7196 before August 1. Please reference "Boalt Hall.''

Festivities will be held at the hotel on the evenings of October 8 and 10, and you may find it a convenient spot for your Bay Area stay. We advise you to book early to take advantage of the discounted rate, particularly as Fleet Week is scheduled at this same time. 

Check out more All-Alumni Reunion details here.

May 2009
Main News

Boalt Hall Responds to Economic Climate
Dean Edley has developed several new initiatives to help students and graduates cope with the turmoil and uncertainty in the legal job market.  Check out how Boalt Hall can assist you during these tough times by clicking here.

New Resource Regarding Placement for Laid-off and Deferred Associates
The State Bar of California and Public Interest Clearinghouse (PIC) have surveyed public interest organizations in CA to determine how deferred associate volunteer placements could help programs meet client needs in this time of economic downturn. The compiled results of that survey have now been posted here for use by law firms, law school career services departments, and deferring associates. As a Boalt Hall graduate you can view the spreadsheet with information about the nonprofits and possible placements with the password: july16.

Please note that this Deferred Associates page is hidden from the public and the link is only being made available to staff at law firms and law schools. PIC asks that schools, firms and associates not share this link or password outside their own institutions, as the site and its content would not be an appropriate resource for low-income individuals seeking assistance or law students seeking permanent employment or summer internships.

If you have any questions regarding the Deferred Associates' page or its resources, please email placements@pic.org.

Career Development Office Wants to Hear From You
Please contact Boalt's Career Development Office if you or your organization would like to be included in a directory of employment resources available to students and alumni. Email career@law.berkeley.edu or call 510-642-4567.

Accelerated LL.M. Program Begins May 22
Boalt Hall launches its new accelerated summer LL.M. program on May 22 with 20 students from 13 countries. The students will earn their LL.M. degree over two consecutive summer sessions of 10 weeks each and will be eligible for the California Bar Exam. The condensed schedule is ideal for foreign educated lawyers who prefer not to leave their jobs or families for a single nine-month stretch. The early admission deadline for next summer's entering class is May 15; regular admissions deadline is August 1.  More information can be found here.

Campaign for Boalt Hall Half Way to Its Goal!
Thanks to the tremendous support of alumni, students, faculty and friends, the law school has reached the halfway point in the $125 million Campaign for Boalt Hall. More than $63 million has been raised toward funding financial aid programs, cutting edge research, faculty recruitment and retention and capital improvements. You can participate in the campaign by clicking here to learn more and to make your gift!

You can also check out the construction on the new South Addition via this live web cam!

Justice Breyer and Judges McConnell and Tatel Preside Over McBaine Moot Court Competition
US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Tenth Circuit Judge Michael McConnell, and D.C. Circuit Judge David Tatel judged the final round of Boalt Hall's venerable McBaine Moot Court Competition on April 14.  Congratulations to finalist Patrick Bageant '10 and winner Brent Nakamura '10. Check out the Webcast here.

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See live construction progress on the new south addition from Boalt's web cam here.

Photo Galleries

Citation Award Dinner
Citation Award Dinner. See full photo gallery here.

Boalt Construction
Classroom and Building Projects. See full photo gallery here.

View all photo galleries here.

Have you moved to a new city or job? Do you have a baby on the way? Did you get a promotion? Keep your fellow alums up-to-date with your important life changes by submitting a Class Note. We'll publish your news on the web and/or the alumni magazine, Transcript. And if you don't have anything new to report, just browse our Class Notes page.

Rana Awad '04 has become an in-house attorney for NBC Universal's Television Distribution Group

Richard Buxbaum '53
will be honored by Canada 's McGill University with an honorary degree during its spring convocation ceremony on May 29.  

Michael Colantuono '88
is enjoying the variety that comes with life in
rural Nevada County with a law partner (Sandi Levin, Boalt '87) and firm
in LA. Still specializing in local government law, Michael's emphasis
remains in the law of public revenues. Michael was given the opportunity
to argue for amici League of California Cities and the California State
Association of Counties in the California Supreme Court in a case
involving assessments (Bonander v. Tiburon) while also working on a
petition for review in another case involving flood-control fees. If that
gets granted it will be his third trip to that Court. His office will also
be moving the LA office this summer from the Gas Company Tower to One Cal. Plaza, so there will be lots of entertainment for his staff. Michael enjoys his work as the colleagues are good lawyers, the work interesting, and life varied. He hopes all is well with his fellow Class of 1988-ers.

Michael Hartmann '79 writes, "I am still in Afghanistan (here in my 4th year coming on 5th), but have moved from US State Dept.'s JSSP to now with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in charge of the C, not D, efforts of capacity building."

Jennifer Madden '97 is the incoming president of the California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL), and welcomes all African-American alumni to become a member by applying online at www.calblacklawyers.org

She writes, "CABL's quest for judicial diversity and advancing the pipeline to the legal field will be greatly supported by your involvement."

Linda Sorenson '76
still practices bankruptcy law in San Francisco, but is happy to report something she always promised she would do: getting back to oil painting on a serious level. Her first "show" will be at the Local
Color Gallery in Bodega Bay, running from May 16, 2009 (reception) to June 28. Linda paints landscapes and seascapes in her own stylized realistic approach - pretty natural given where she lives, out in the beautiful countryside and coast of Sonoma County. She commutes from Bodega Bay to San Francisco several days a week to Stromsheim & Associates, where she is Of Counsel. Check her personal webpage and the gallery of Early California Art that she shares with her husband. Linda can only encourage everyone not to put off doing what they have always wanted to do.

Tracy Westen '67 founded the Center for Governmental Studies (www.CGS.org) in 1983 and recently launched a new website (www.PolicyArchive.org), which is already one of the largest online collections of public policy research.